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21 December 1988 (USA) See more »
Homer struggles to take a family photo as the rest of his family seem to have better things to do | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / B.F. Sherwood (voice)

Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)

Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson (voice)

Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)

Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Matt Groening 

Sound Department
Harry E. Snodgrass .... sound editor
Animation Department
David Silverman .... animator
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist

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Additional Details

USA:3 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Homer strangles Bart for the first time in this short.See more »
Homer Simpson:This is the last picture on the roll.
Bart Simpson:Praise the lord.
Homer Simpson:You watch your mouth, you little smart ass.
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Birth of the choke, 22 July 2017
Author: Thomas ( from Berlin, Germany

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

"The Simpsons: Family Portrait" is an American (very) short film from 1988, so this one will have its 30th anniversary next year and this already tells you how old the Simpsons already are because this one was released shortly before the actual series started about one year later. Homer is trying to make a nice family portrait with his camera (you also see what cameras looked like back then), but things don't go exactly as planned. It is kinda entertaining how Homer's aim for perfection is the real reason why things go wrong not only once, but three times. Yep, this is pretty much three films in one overall despite the really short runtime of 70 seconds. Blink and it is gone. I think it was an okay watch and the last shot is something we kept seeing in this show for a long long time, probably still today. Overall, a cautious thumbs-up. Only really worth checking out if you at least like the world's yellowest family. It's still better than the Oscar-nominated Maggie short for sure. Oh yeah, by the way this short here and many others premiered on The Tracey Ullman Show and it's kinda ironic how nobody (at least here in Germany) knows Tracey anymore today, but the Simpsons are still incredibly famous, even if most people say they have gone south to an extent where you don't really need to see the new episodes anymore.

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